When heading north on Coastal Highway 2, Shueinandong is right before the border between Northeast Coast and North Coast Scenic Areas.
You will see a castle-like dark gray building by the highway.
This is the defunct Li-yue Copper Refinery owned by Taiwan Metal Mining Corp almost covering the entire mountain wall.
Due to its 13-story height, the locals call it the Thirteen Stories.
The abandoned factory used to refine ore taken from Jinguashi Gold Mine.
Eventually costs outweighed the price of gold, and byproduct copper became the main product instead.
The route heading east is the uphill road "Jinshuei Road," meaning it can get to Shueinandong from Jinguashi.
You can park your car at the parking lot by the factory and take the shuttle bus.
You can see a tiny portion of the Golden Waterfall at the stream by the hill road, but the real Golden Waterfall has yet to come.
There is a small route behind the factory when you go uphill along the road. It takes you to the top of the copper refinery.
You will first arrive at a portion of the flue-gas stack on your way.
There used to be a very popular TV commercial using this as the background. The flue-gas stack became a must-see tourist spot in Jinguashi.
The New Taipei City Government still issued warnings cautioning tourists not to get too close to the flue-gas stack due to possible remnants of toxic substances discharged back in the days.
On the top of the copper refinery are the mine and ore input slots. It's evident how grand the production line was in those years.
While you are here, you can check out two different shades of the sea. This is the origin of the name Yin-yang Sea. Yin-yang in Chinese means "dark and bright."
Contamination from copper refining used to be thought to have caused the two shades of the sea.
It's known for certain now that the iron sulfide flowing along the stream and into the sea is the cause.
Continuing going uphill for a little bit, you'll get to see the real Golden Waterfall.
Golden Waterfall, formed by the interaction between underground springs and the iron sulfide, isn't a part of the rivers and streams.
Its composition is the same as the Yin-yang Sea.
The larger the rain gets, the more splendid the waterfall becomes.
Teapot Mountain is a must-stop when you come to Jinguashi. The shape of the mountain is a dead ringer for a teapot.
You used to be able to hike the trail; however, due to an accident, you have to take the QuanJi Temple route now.
Just follow the signs going from Quanji Temple to the Teapot Mountain parking lot. Please be careful as the hill road is quite steep.
The view here is wide, allowing you to see Yin-yang Sea from a higher location.
The Keelung Mountain is across from here. There is a ridge trail on such a beautiful mountain. The hiking entrance is in Jiu-fen.
Coming back to the hill road after leaving Quanji Temple, you'll arrive at Jinguashi soon.
The Gold Museum in Jinguashi is a very hot scenic spot.
After checking out the museum, why not take a stroll around the Jinguashi community.